Events Calendar

CALENDAR – April 2018
Location is New Haven unless noted otherwise.
*=Wheelchair accessible

Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m.
Memorial service for Hu Woodard. Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden.

Now through Monday, July 23
An American Story: Finding Home in Fairfield County. An exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of the CT Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), founded in 1918 to aid new immigrants in Fairfield County. Showcases a series of large-scale portraits and biological narratives about eight individuals from Cambodia, Congo, Cuba, Hungary, India, Rwanda and Syria. Info: Fairfield Museum and History Center, 370 Beach Rd., Fairfield. (203) 259-1598.

Monday, April 2, 6 p.m.
Reclaiming the Prophetic Voice will mark the cost of the continuing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East by placing the March stone on the Memorial Cairn at the intersection of Broadway, Elm and Park streets, inscribed with the March death toll of U.S. military personnel and the approximate numbers of civilians killed. This endless war has gone on for over sixteen years.

Wednesday, April 4, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Meet the illustrator of The Legend of Miss Kendra. Mayor and other community leaders will attend. Young Minds Area, NHFP Library 2nd floor, 133 Elm St.  *

Wednesday, April 4, noon
Join in reading Martin Luther King’s April 4, 1967, speech “Beyond Vietnam.” Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and 50 years since the My Lai Massacre. Meet at the Amistad statue in front of City Hall, 165 Church St. To participate in the reading, contact *

Wednesday, April 4, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. speaker
Fundraiser for The Flotilla to Gaza features Col. Ann Wright at the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, 1781 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin. Cost: $20. Info: Liz Aaronsohn,, (860) 229-0705.

Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 29, noon-4 p.m.
City Gallery: Cuba Adrift. Artist Roberta Friedman, quilter Sue Millen and photographer Hank Paper present a visual story of Cuba, its past and present, its ruin and resiliency. Opening reception Sat., April 7, 3-6 p.m.; concluding Artists’ Talk on Sun., April 29, 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Refreshments. City Gallery, 994 State St. Gallery open Thurs. – Sun., noon – 4 p.m. Info:,

Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
Norman: The Rise and Fall of a New York Fixer (2017). Norman Oppenheimer, a small time operator, befriends a young politician. Three years later, when the politician becomes an influential world leader, Norman’s life dramatically changes. Talkback: Dr. Shiri Goren, Hebrew Program Director. Part of the Beckerman Jewish Film Series of the Jewish Community Center. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave. *

Friday, April 6, 5-8 p.m.
Opening reception for Present Phase, a solo show of eight new landscape paintings and a wall mural by Rachel Hellerich. Curator Stephen Kobasa will lead an artist talk from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free, open to the public. Artspace, 50 Orange St.

Saturday, April 7, 2-3 p.m.
Author, historian, and librarian Joseph A. Williams presents the true story of HMS Laurentic, sunk by German mines off the coast of Ireland during the Great War, as told in his book, The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History. A true tale of undersea diving and naval operations, as Royal Navy divers struggled to recover 44 tons of gold bullion for the war effort. Info: (203) 946-7430. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St. *

Saturday, April 7, 4:30 p.m.
Mother’s Day Bail Fund party. Panel discussion, food, drinks, music, dancing. Bregamos Community Theater, 491 Blatchley Ave. Donation at door or on-line.

Sunday, April 8, 2 p.m.
The Aviator, Martin Scorsese’s five-time Oscar-winning film of movie mogul Howard Hughes’ life. Denver Post’s Lisa Kennedy said, “Hughes is the conduit for a titan of moviemaking to meditate gloriously on the power of film and flight to transform a nation, a culture, a world.” Stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett, with a screenplay by John Logan. 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive. Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. *

Sunday, April 8, 4-5 p.m.
“A Symphony of Steel” – St. Luke’s Steel Band presented by the Bethesda Music Series. A freewill offering will be taken to support Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services of New Haven. A reception will follow. Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Ave. Free. *

Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
The 2018 AIDS Walk begins at the New Haven Green. Live performances, speakers, and information sessions. The walk aims to raise $10,000 to benefit local HIV/AIDS prevention, awareness, and treatment groups.     *

Saturday, April 14, noon-5 p.m.
In the Spirit of Dr. King – Fight the War Machine! Rally and March – Gather at the White House. Followed by teach-in at George Washington U. Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER).

Sunday, April 15, 2 p.m.
Demonstration in New York, Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad! Union Square, New York. Info on transportation: Henry Lowendorf, GNH Peace Council, (203) 389-9547,

Tuesday, April 17, 2 p.m.
Coalition for People meeting. Fair Haven Library, 182 Grand Ave.  *

Wednesday, April 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Care Action Day at the Legislature. Join Protect Our Care CT activists at the state legislature. 210 Capitol Ave., Hartford. Info: Jane McNichol, (203) 427-3909.  *

Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, doors open at 8 a.m
2018 CT Mission of Mercy (CTMOM) free dental clinic. The two-day clinic offers free dental services to the under-served and uninsured in CT. Torrington High School, 50 Major Besse Drive, Torrington.

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Nonviolent Communication Workshop, New Haven Friends Meetinghouse, 225 E. Grand Ave. *

Saturday, April 21, 2 p.m.
Film showing All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). Film and discussion series to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. Discussion European art, history and politics connoisseur Jacinto Lirola. NHFP Library, 133 Elm St. *

Wednesday, April 25, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Conference: The Future of Health Care in Connecticut. Hosted by the CT Health Foundation. CT Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford. Info and to register, (860) 724-1580,  *

Wednesday, April 25, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
The 3rd annual CT Arts Day celebrates investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state. Performances, panel discussions, presenta-tions, workshops, networking opportunities and the presen-tation of the Connecticut Arts Hero Awards. Theme is Resiliency! Hartford Stage, Upward Hartford and Hartford Hilton. Full schedule: connecticut-arts-day-2018-tickets-43000338169.

Saturday, April 28
Official ride kick-off 11 a.m. (some events and rides start earlier)
Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride. Bike rides, music performances, food. Raise money for many environmental groups. Info: (203) 285-6147,

Tuesday, May 1, International Workers’ Day!

As we hear of May Day events, we will post them on the PAR website